Set within a former 1870s summer palace on the Bosphorous waterfront on Istanbul’s Asian shore, the exclusive A’Jia Hotel is one of the city’s most beautiful luxury residences. While the exterior facade of the building has been classified as a historical monument, there’s nothing classical about the cutting-edge contemporary interiors by acclaimed local architect Resit Soley. Designer with a minimalist, monochrome style that places the emphasis upon the spectacular water views, this is the perfect city escape for those looking to be close to the heart of the action, yet away from the urban chaos. You can feel how every single detail has been considered here, from the deeply sumptuous king sized beds, to the artfully designed modern conveniences such as peaceful in-room Japanese gardens within the suites, sprawling terraces overlooking the Bosphorous, and Philippe Starck-designed bathtubs. Arrive in jet-set style in the hotel’s private boat, and enjoy a wonderful alfresco meal at the hotel’s commendable in-house Mediterranean restaurant. Within 15 minutes by boat or 30 minutes by car, you’ll be back in the heart of Istanbul’s city action.